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I’ve had a few moments of MonT-SteR Consternation™ today, and since misery loves company, I thought I’d share them with my adoring public (snicker).

I’m off to Dallas, TX for the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. The good news for me is that I’m handing off a big chunk of responsibility to a co-worker, and so I won’t be responsible for logistical support at these tradeshows anymore. I also won’t have to travel for them either (the rest of the MonT-SteR Family is happy about that).

I have a lengthy layover here in Newark, so I thought I’d do a little blogging. BTW, if you can avoid Newark/Liberty Int’l, please do. I had to switch terminals once I landed here, and it was a confusing process. The helpful airport signs seemed to indicate that I would have to go beyond secured areas to catch a train to other terminals. I, however, was certain that a temporary reading disability had afflicted me and that I had to be reading the signs incorrectly, because no airport would be so profoundly silly as to do something like that.

But the longer I stood there looking up, frozen in incredulity, forcing other people to walk around me in annoyance as they bustled hurriedly on their way, it began to sink in. My elementary school education had trained me well. I was reading the helpful airport signs correctly.

“Wait a minute,” I muttered under my breath, as I stood gaping at the helpful airport signs. “You mean they’re going to make us go through security again at the other terminal?!?”


I guess I shouldn’t be surprised — after all, New Jersey is also the state where it is assumed that the general public is to darn stupid to pump their own gasoline (self-serve gasoline is so anathema in the Garden State that it’s actually ILLEGAL — I kid you not). So Newark/Libery Int’l (and its helpful stinkin’ airport signs) is now firmly on my list of airports to avoid.

Okay, enough kvetching. My intent for this post was to highlight a couple of changes here at tMR:

  • I’ve switched from Reblogger and started using Blogger comments. This gives me more control if I need to moderate comments, and I don’t have to use two solutions to publish my blog.
  • I figured out Blogger’s trackback tags.
  • It’s been annoying to me that my title posts are not hyperlinked to a permalink for each post. I’m fixing that.
  • Witness the glory of RSS chicklets on the right. Subscribe away, my friends.

And just as an FYI, I plan to roll out a new and improved template for tMR. It’s in the works, but it’ll probably be a long time coming.

That’s it for now, folks. Stay tuned for more substantive posts coming this weekend.


aka The MonT-SteR